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A photo of Clyde Drexler you should really see

Sep 3, 2011, 11:20 PM EDT


On a day defined by the pageantry of universities engaged in fierce competition and the colorful imagery of teams like Oregon and Georgia showing off new post-space-age uniforms, we thought we’d bring you an image from the past of a game we won’t be seeing possibly until after college football is over.

Michael Jordan won the 1987 dunk contest, but Clyde “The Glide” Drexler had himself a nice showing. If we’re looking for iconic memories of the game that’s been buried as billionaire owners and millionaire owners continue to haggle over money, here’s one for the books.

(HT: UpNorthTrips via Get Banged On)



That’s just pretty.

  1. Doyle Rader - Sep 3, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    Is this the perfect photograph?

  2. valman61 - Sep 3, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    That picture looks fake. Almost like nba 2k11 or 12. The player looks computer animated and the crowd looks real. Just sayin

    • blaq007 - Sep 4, 2011 at 3:38 PM

      smh….you young jerks and your computers/video games….i remember watching this. everything, contrary to your belief, is not photo shopped and computer animated. regarding the picture….wow.

    • LPad - Sep 5, 2011 at 12:30 PM

      That’s because it was taken in 1987. No high-def lenses around then. Also, the whole entire point of the graphics in 2k11/12 or any other sports game is to mimic reality.

  3. Jecurb - Sep 4, 2011 at 6:42 AM

    The pic might be enhanced, but Clyde was definitely holding his own weight during that NBA season and during that dunk contest… either way, very nice picture!

  4. JackLeone - Sep 4, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    Jordan was so good that other players got ignored or flew under the radar. Drexler & Barkley are prime examples of this…

    • LPad - Sep 5, 2011 at 12:33 PM

      I don’t think they were ignored by the fans during that time period. I think that today’s media only focuses on MJ when discussing basketball from the past.

  5. progress2011 - Sep 4, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Valman61….You are showing your lack of historical knowledge of the game. His nickname was ” Clyde-The- Glide- Drexler ” . Meaning he could glide thru the air, from the free throw line as this ” REAL / NOT FAKE ” photo shows you.

    Blake Griffin jumped over a car that was parked directly under the basket. I’m not saying he’s not an impressive player/ jumper. But after watching Dominique, Drexler, Jordan, Gervin and many others that floated from the free throw line, I was left unimpressed. Do a search for Drexler dunks and be impressed !

    As I tell all the ” new skool ” kids, do your research ” youngster ” before opening your mouth and inserting your foot because thats the definition of a fool !

  6. vanwalker1 - Sep 5, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Those of us of a certain age not only remember Clyde Drexler’s pro career with some fondness, but also his collegiate apprenticeship with Guy Lewis as a University of Houston Cougar.

    At the time, the reigning kings of college basketball were Denny Crum’s Louisville Cardinals, a/k/a The Doctors of Dunk, led by Darrell Griffith (a skywalker in his own right).

    The Houston Cougars countered with Phi Slamma Jamma, led by Glide, a young Hakeem (then misspelled Akeem) Olajuwon, and a lot of really athletic supporting players.

    Their game was EPIC. There was about a two minute sequence in the second half where the Cougars literally dunked ten times in a row on Louisville. It was brutal for the Cardinals and it firmly established the Cougars as the premier above-the-rim team in college hoops.

    Plus, what a nickname…Phi Slamma Jamma? That’s hot…

    • 1historian - Nov 16, 2011 at 6:53 AM

      How many NCAA titles do the Cougars have?


  7. vanwalker1 - Sep 5, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Correction – On that Louisville team, it was Milt Wagner and Lancaster “Flash” Gordon, not Darrell Griffith…my bad.

  8. whiskeyontherox - Sep 6, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    This is a great pic! This would’ve gone great with my ceiling to floor poster of Kareem Abdul Jabar and my poster of George “Ice Man” Gervin (you know the one where he is sitting on the throne of ice).

  9. drakost - Oct 5, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Imagine the highlights had Portland chosen Jordan instead of Sam Bowie.

  10. purnellmeagrejr - Oct 21, 2011 at 7:27 AM

    I can do that.

  11. purpwalk - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    clyde was smoooov

  12. ancientcougar - Dec 17, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Why didn’t Guy V get into the hall of fame?

  13. beaverdam21 - Dec 31, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    That game was considered the national championship until Houston ran into NC State…Many people said it was the greatest exhibition of inner city basketball ever…Guy despite having some great athletes did not get into HOF because as one commentator once somewhat rudely put it he couldn’t coach a fish how to swim.

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